1Gianni Zuiverloon and Rene Mihelic scored goals for Delhi Dynamos
The hosts took a crucial 1-0 lead in the first half
Kerala Blasters’ Lakic Pesic missed a chance to score
Delhi Dynamos started their new year with a win, defeating Kerala Blasters 2-0 in front of the home fans in theIndian Super League(ISL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Thursday. A fairly one-sided affair saw Gianni Zuiverloon scoring a fantastic goal while Rene Mihelic netted one from the spot to seal it for the home team. It was an aggressive start by the Dynamos with the first shot on target coming in the third minute of the game. The hosts had a plethora of chances throughout the first-half.
Both wingers of the team Lallianzuala Chhangte and Nandha Kumar kept theKeraladefence at bay with their runs, twists and turns.
Chhangte created a good ball in the 23rd minute, but debutant Ulises Davila failed to connect the cross. Four minutes later, Rene Mihelic produced a good pass, but his attempt was blocked by the Kerala defence at a crucial juncture.
The breakthrough for the home team, however, came soon with Mihelic’s brilliant corner, converted aptly by defence wall Gianni Zuiverloon in the 29th minute. The team had a golden chance to double their lead just a minute later, but Rene mistimed his run and overshot the ball.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts.
Kerala started the second-half on a stronger note with Lakic Pesic hitting the cross bar off a freekick early in the half. Delhi wingers again kept Kerala busy with Chhangte setting the left wing on fire.
The home team got a ferocious chance in the 67th minute when Rene took a freekick from the corner of the box, however, the ball curled in towards Kerala custodian Dheeraj and missed the target by a whisker.